Passengers left stranded on MV Sabanto

first_img…after ramp malfunctionsPassengers travelling on the MV Sabanto, which plies the Parika-Essequibo Coast route were forced two spend almost two hours onboard the vessel after arriving at Parika on Saturday. This situation arose after there was a mechanical malfunction of the ferry’s ramp.Speaking with Guyana Times, a passenger said the ferry left Supenaam at 14:00h on Saturday for Parika. However, upon arrival at Parika, the ramp malfunctioned forcing all the passengers to stay onboard.According to another passenger, while the situation was unavoidable, there was no proper communication between the ferry staff and passengers, causing some persons to panic. The passengers said some persons became irritable since the vessel’s staff were most unhelpful. Another passenger told this publication, that the Transport and Harbours Department should train its staff on vessels how to communicate with persons on board in the cases of emergencies.“Clearly from what happened here today (Saturday), the staff wasn’t trained for these types of incidents,” a passenger said.Meanwhile, other passengers lamented the poor condition of the ferries plying the route.“We are calling on the T&HD to pay more attention, especially this time of the year, the holiday season when passengers and cargo will be moving to and from. The toilets on both ferries are in a deplorable state and passengers sometimes have to wait until they reach one of the ports before easing themselves,” a passenger said.On November 30, 2017, an alarming amount of water accumulated in the lower deck of the MV Sabanto as the vessel was plying its regular route from Parika to Supenaam during high tide. Panic erupted on board the ship as fear began to spread that the vessel was on the verge of sinking in the Essequibo River. Although the vessel’s operators were unable to identify the source of the influx of water, they managed to complete the journey to Supenaam.In July 2016, the MV Sabanto collided with the Supenaam Stelling, causing extensive damage to the ferry. The crash resulted in severe damage to the back of the vessel and sections of the stelling.Guyana Times had reported that persons on board the vessel began to panic. Eyewitnesses described the situation at the stelling as “chaotic.”T&HD had subsequently launched a probe after it was reported that staff on board the vessel were under the influence.last_img read more

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Letterkenny University Hospital leading Emergency Surgery Research

first_imgAs part of the Centre for Personalised Medicine, Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) is working with Altnagelvin Hospital, Ulster University and Letterkenny Institute of Technology to improve the treatment and care of patients requiring emergency surgery. The Centre for Personalised Medicine is an EU funded project bringing together 14 academic healthcare providers and partners to develop practical solutions to ensure that patients get the right treatment at the right time.The Centre for Personalised Medicine was awarded €8.6m from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme to carry out this research and the project is being co-ordinated by Ulster University.  ‘Personalised Medicine’ is a move away from the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to treating patients and instead uses genomics testing, technology/computing and intelligence systems to deliver a more targeted approach according to each patient’s needs. The Centre for Personalised Medicine is looking at research in five areas which would benefit from interdisciplinary academic and commercial cross-border expertise and collaboration.In addition to the emergency surgery research, the other areas being researched are heart disease, acute kidney injury, diabetes care and diagnosing dementia. Speaking of the significance of the research into emergency surgery being carried out at LUH, Mr Michael Sugrue, Consultant Surgeon said he is delighted to be leading the Emergency Surgery Research which we have named eSOAP (Emergency Surgery Outcome Advancement Project). He said “Working with Mr Brendan Skelly, Consultant Surgeon in Altnagelvin Hospital, the project will identify the factors that lead to emergency surgery cases in hospitals. “Using expertise from Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and private enterprises we aim to redesign the clinical care pathways to improve treatment and care of patients requiring emergency surgery. The findings of our research will not just benefit patients in the North West but will be available for all hospitals to learn from. We expect to publish our research in 2021.”  Letterkenny University Hospital leading Emergency Surgery Research was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhospitalletterkennyProgrammesurgerylast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Pacific halibut bite heating up on the coast

first_imgTriples, doubles, limits, back to the dock by 10 a.m.! No folks, we’re not talking about salmon or California Halibut — we’re talking Pacific Halibut. The bite was fast and furious over the weekend out of Eureka, the type of action that is rarely seen in this neck of the woods. Charter and sport boats alike were landing on large schools of flatties, making for some short days and big smiles. The bite was, and has been, equally as good in Trinidad. Limit-style fishing has been going on there …last_img read more

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Oil reserves discovered in Zambia

first_img24 October 2006Zambia has discovered its first-ever reserves of oil and gas near its border with Angola, and is inviting foreign companies to conduct exploratory drilling to investigate the potential of this new resource, the country’s government announced on Monday.An impoverished country to the north of Zimbabwe, Zambia currently relies on its reserves of copper as a source of foreign currency. This new find opens up the possibility of it enjoying a similar economic boom to neighbouring Angola, which has become Africa’s second-largest oil producer after Nigeria, with a GDP growth rate of around 19%.The Mail & Guardian website reports that samples taken at a dozen sites in the northwestern provinces of Zambezi and Chavuma have confirmed gas and oil residues. The discoveries were announced in a statement from the office of President Levy Mwanawasa, who visited the area on Sunday.“The microbial analysis showed that 12 sites were positive for oil and six for gas,” the website quoted Mwanawasa as saying.“These results confirm the presence of oil and gas in the sub-surface of the two districts of Chavuma and Zambezi.“It is hoped the country will see more exploration and extraction activities for oil and gas in different parts that would strengthen the country’s economy,” Mwanawasa said.He said exploration companies will determine the oil and gas reserves from the two districts before expanding the exercise to other parts of the country.The possibility of oil and gas reserves was first explored in 2004, after prolonged fires in the region prompted the Zambian government to launch an investigation.The size of the reserves is still unknown, but it is hoped that they can become a significant source of revenue in a country where about two-thirds of the population live on less than a dollar a day.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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U.S. Green Building Council Names New CEO

first_imgMahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer of the U.S. Green Building Council, will take over the organization’s top spot at the end of next year when current CEO Rick Fedrizzi steps down.Ramanujam, a native of Chennai, India, holds a bachelor of engineering degree in computer science and began his career in software and systems analysis and product development, the USGBC said in its announcement. The decision by the board of directors was announced on September 8.Ramanujam joined the USGBC in 2009 as senior vice president for technology, and was named chief operating officer two years later. In 2012, he also was named president of the Green Building Certification Institute, where the council said he broadened offerings to serve a wider client base. (Its name has since been changed to Green Business Certification Inc.)Before joining the USGBC, Ramanujam was the chief operating officer for Emerges, a North Carolina-based consulting firm.“I’m deeply honored that Rick and the board have placed their trust in me, and I will serve the organization and our movement with a long-term vision — keeping innovation as a top priority,” Ramanujam said in a prepared statement. “As USGBC’s CEO, I pledge to continually modernize and enhance our capabilities and performance to ensure we deliver the future that our founders envisioned.”The USGBC developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green rating system for residential, commercial and institutional buildings.last_img read more

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